Is it just me….

… or are things very slow on the Catholic blogosphere today? 

Very slow on Twitter also, or so it seems.

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  1. Irenaeus says:

    like a tortoise. finals week here, students heading home; seems we’re heading into the slow media season.

  2. Mike says:

    Maybe it’s the calm before the storm…

  3. Most Excellent Sledgehammer says:

    Probably the holiday season, Father. Lots going on for those “entrenched”, who are also often those who blog and read blogs. No doubt things will pick up soon after the holidays when the coronation…er…inauguration happens, as well as more stateside appointments.

  4. Well, this Catholic blogger is currently being tortured by finals and papers and missed deadlines. Perhaps it’s a trend…

  5. timh says:

    please keep this young man(‘s soul) and his family in your prayers…
    John-Paul Forget (fmr seminarian) was on the way home from Benedictine College with a friend when they were in an accident. John-Paul survived the accident just fine, but as they were getting out of the car, an 18-wheeler was headed toward John-Paul and he jumped into the Missouri River to avoid being hit. They are still looking for his body.

    John-Paul was the oldest of 13 children.

    His uncle is Fr. Timothy Forget (Intercessor of the Lamb).


  6. Very slow… On the homefront, people like me are busy trying to get last minute things done, even as we are working. For instance I still have my house to clean. No tree bought or creche up yet. No candles in the windows yet. My grandchildren will arrive Saturday night… I love this time of year despite the rush. After all, Advent time is a time of waiting…our Savior is coming…

  7. Geoffrey says:

    I have barely been at the computer today. Busy in the kichen making egg nog and preparing cards and gifts and packages for shipping to family and friends!

  8. Dear Father,

    Does this help liven it up a bit? Please post about our blog, especially the first two posts:

    God bless you!

    St. Conleth’s Catholic Heritage Association

    [Wanted some free advertising, huh? o{]:¬) ]

  9. Jane Teresa says:

    I was just thinking the same thing.

  10. Kazimer says:

    Yes, Father – it’s slow going in the Catholic blogosphere.

    There are some blogs continuing to update like your site.

    Perhaps it’s just the converging of various activities for people.

  11. Paul Haley says:

    My own impression is that some may be waiting for the other shoe to drop in regards to the FSSPX and a juridical framework for trads to practice their faith unhindered by any modernist influence (recalcitrant bishops). As has been said many times, it’s in the pope’s hands. Nevertheless, we keep praying every day for the reconciliation.

  12. Paul: some may be waiting for the other shoe to drop in regards to the FSSPX

    And that is why the blogosphere is slow today?

  13. Father,

    I’ve noticed a drop in stats in the last few days and I think this will drop lower if it follows the typical holiday pattern. I’ve noticed at all holiday times, blog readership drops unless something happens to spike it.

    The election raised the hit-bar significantly, especially when the bishops dove into the ring. I noticed a spike when Cardinal Arinze’s replacement was named that lasted about two days. I had all kinds of google hits coming into my blog over a single, quick post I made on Canizares and Arinze.

    From a blogging standpoint, I look at these periods as a time to slow up posting in order to catch up on other things, and to re-energize. It seems appropriate to pull back a little given Advent – a time the priests at my parish have been urging us to spend more time in prayer and reading the spiritual classics, and Scripture. Hence, I’m not spending as much time reading blogs right now, nor writing to mine.

  14. I should clarify that it doesn’t seem to matter whether it is a secular or religious holiday. I think people are preparing, traveling, etc.

  15. Actually, my stats are pretty good, but I am seeing a great deal less chatter around the whole Catholic blogosphere. I am sure it is just a cyclical thing.

  16. Oh – I’m sure your stats are pretty good.

    If you are talking about chatter on the Catholic front, you are right. I mean, when you think about the kind of chatter that was taking place just a few weeks ago, yeah- this is a dry time.

  17. Melody says:

    Here in California it seems though the “All the fountains of the great abyss [have] burst forth, and the floodgates of the sky were opened” and this after a drought. Everything is quiet and sleepy.

    I’m hoping they aren’t getting flash floods up by the abbey though. Father Joseph once sent me this reply to my worries: “I’m not worried; I have an umbrella! Inverted, it can act as a flotation device!”

  18. Hugo says:

    Mssrs. Shea & Aiken must be rethinking their positions someplace quiet.

  19. Father, thanks for blogging about Twitter recently. My Tweet Deck’s full. Lots of chatter about Obama selecting Rick Warren. Has the conservatives and liberals pretty ticked.

  20. SLOW?!!! Well, not in the biblioblogging community (biblical studies blogs written by academics), where scholars are a-buzz about an archaeological find that is rocking the world of scholarship. Why? It seems the historicity of the Old Testament is being confirmed by a new excavation, first reported in the New York Times a while back, that is turning out some absolutely stunning evidence. Whole piles of books written by skeptical scholars look to be consigned to flames.

    Here’s more:

  21. TNCath says:

    I think it’s just because there isn’t a lot of major Catholic news going on at this point. No major appointments will probably not be made until after the new year, and the U.S. bishops are likely playing “Duck, Cover and Hold” until after the inauguration.

    One note of interest tonight: watching the streaming video of the 2nd of three Masses at Fordham for Avery Cardinal Dulles. This Mass gave credence to that classic definition of what makes good Jesuit liturgy: nobody got hurt and nothing got broken. It was mediocrity and banality at its finest. One example: during the singing of the Sanctus, the celebrant pointed to two concelebrants to let them know what part of the Eucharistic prayer they would be taking. Could not this have been agreed upon BEFORE Mass started? Considering tomorrow’s funeral will be at St. Patrick’s with Cardinal Egan as celebrant, I certainly it will be better than what they did for poor Cardinal Dulles tonight at Fordham.

  22. Tina in Ashburn says:

    Cool! thanks for sharing that!

    Maybe the blogs are slow because its the last day of online shopping that guarantees ground delivery by Christmas and everyone else who has not completed their shopping now realizes Christmas is a week away.
    I am still doing clean-up from a massive cocktail party this weekend. Got the chocolate fountain cleaned. Washed the sticky floors. Washed the tablecloths twice. Haven\’t done the sheets from the guest rooms yet.
    Such are the holidays: everybody is busy.

  23. Tina in Ashburn says:

    Oh. and an extra long choir practice tonight in preparation for Christmas! Certainly many church musicians must be busy at this point.

  24. Jim says:


    Thanks for that, very interesting.
    I can’t wait for the History Channel’s revision…..

  25. Paul Haley says:

    Paul: some may be waiting for the other shoe to drop in regards to the FSSPX
    And that is why the blogosphere is slow today?
    Comment by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf — 17 December 2008 @ 4:56 pm

    Mea culpa, Father. What I meant was that some may be praying more than blogging, given the seriousness of the matter. In my own case at least that is true. It’s a wound that never seems to heal.

  26. chironomo says:

    Tina in Ashburn…

    That is the case here! Those who are involved in parish activities, particularly music, are up to their arsis in rehearsals and preparations right now. Students are in finals or preparations…and there is precious little real news comin gout right now.

  27. chironomo says:


    Comin gout = coming out [A possible scenario for those who over indulge during Christmastide.]

  28. Memphis Aggie says:

    A little quiet seems just right for Advent

  29. Wait until December 26th…when everyone will be trying out their new computers! (Hopefully all iMac’s!)

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